Tenants forced to evacuate Coral Springs apartment buildings confront management and demand answers


CORAL SPRINGS, Florida. – Dozens of inhabitants forced to evacuate two Coral Springs apartment buildings over the weekend, management was confronted on Monday, demanding to know when they will be released to their homes.

City inspectors deemed the buildings, located at 1225 Riverside Drive and 39th Yard Northwest, unsafe after torrential rains from a tropical system moved through South Florida on Saturday.

Water damage inside some units of the 39th Yard building, Sherwood Forest multifamily complex, was so severe that city inspectors deemed the entire structure unsafe.

Sherwood Square apartments on Riverside Drive were evacuated as excess water entered its electrical panel.

“Water was leaking on one of the electrical panels in the main building, it could have started a fire,” said Tyler Stewart, a resident of Sherwood Square. “The building itself had problems for a while.”

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After Sherwood Square residents confronted management on Monday, Local 10 also tried to get answers. We asked Lewis Moscovitch, a representative of Symphony Residential Management, if there was a delay in resolving the issues in the building.

“We don’t have an exact timeline on that yet,” Moscovitch said.

The American Red Cross is assisting residents of both buildings, providing temporary shelter at a nearby senior center and discount hotels for displaced residents.

Symphony Residential Management is also offering help, but some residents told Local 10 it wasn’t enough.

“They are not charged for rent because they are not allowed in their apartments and they will be credited those days for future rent,” Moscovitch said.

Representatives said crews would be in attendance on Monday to begin fixing the issues in Sherwood Square and residents should be able to return within days.

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